MCLEAN WALKS AWAY FROM SPECTACULAR 'EIGHT ROLL' CRASH The safety features of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup came to the fore today, after Cameron McLean walked away from one of the most spectacular ...
MCLEAN WALKS AWAY FROM SPECTACULAR 'EIGHT ROLL' CRASH
The safety features of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup came to the fore today, after Cameron McLean walked away from one of the most spectacular crashes in Australian motor racing history.
The experienced Sherrin Hire Racing driver only took seconds to climb through the roll cage and out of his Porsche after becoming airbourne and rolling the car up to eight times on the second lap of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup race at Queensland Raceway.
The first race of three this weekend in round four of the all-Porsche series was reduced to eight laps following the incident, and ultimately won by 22-year-old Kiwi Fabian Coulthard (Glenfords Tool Centres / Makita) from current series leader Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) and rising star David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts).
But it was McLean that headlined the action becoming an instant advertisement for Porsche's engineering technology and safety features.
Sitting in fifth position at the time of the racing incident, McLean had contact with another competitor and veered into the kerb lining the outside of the track out of turn three. The Number-28 Sherrin Hire Racing Porsche then jettisoned at least a metre into the air, smashed through sponsor signage, flipped and rolled up to eight times on a 100-metre journey along the in-field grass.
Within a matter of seconds, McLean emerged from the car as the yellow flag was waved for the rest of the field. He was transported to the medical centre at Queensland Raceway and given the all clear within 20 minutes of the incident.
"I have a headache and have probably bitten a hole in my tongue," said McLean. "It's the biggest shunt I've ever been involved in and the first time I've ever rolled in a race.
"It feels like I've done 12 rounds with (Muhammed) Ali. The end result was caused from an incident with another car, and I jettisoned off the kerb into the air and rolled a number of times. It's one way to make motor racing history."
After the track was cleared and the race went green on lap seven, Coulthard maintained the ascendancy at the head of the field.
Coulthard held on for two laps despite a fierce contest with Richards to take the checkered flag for his fifth race win of the season.
Reynolds came home in third position from Luke Youlden (Team VIP Petfoods) in fourth and Peter Fitzgerald (Abcor/Acer) making up two spots on the grid to finish in the top five.
Earlier in the day Jim Richards claimed his second pole position of the season, while the two Bob Jane T-Marts-backed Porsches made the top five on the grid for the first time. Reynolds was fourth fastest followed by team mate Rodney Jane.
Races two and three of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup will be held tomorrow, the culmination of round four of the 2005 series.
The Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup is the most successful 'one make' championship in the world, and is the primary support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Australia.
All cars in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup are developed and built by Porsche' racing arm in Weissach, Germany. With a top speed in excess of 300 kilometres per hour, the lightweight, high performance vehicles have a 400 horsepower, 6 cylinder Boxer engine which revs to 8000 RPM, producing a sound that is distinctly Porsche.
Trackside on Network Ten will telecast the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at the Queensland 300 on Sunday July 31 from 2pm.